This is how the night began
At 7:00pm on September 29 we opened our doors to another Nuit Blanche exhibition. This one (arguably) our most ambitious one to date.
A hand knit doll as big as me sat front and centre in the window. I am 5 foot 6 inches tall. She has roosters with her. My research into the beautiful Russian Nesting Dolls showed that the oldest chronicled Matroyshka was adorned with hand painted roosters.
At 9:00, this large lady was unravelled. Yes – we ripped her to shreds and now she is nothing but balls of yarn on the floor. It took almost a full hour to disassemble this doll. This is what we found underneath her↓
A buxom white beauty of a doll!
Every time we unravelled a doll we traced the outline of the next doll, and wrote the time she would be unravelled on the chalk board behind. This chalk outline recounted the tale of dolls past and stood in for their absence.
At 10 o-clock we unravelled the white doll and this is what was hidden inside ↓
At 11pm be unravelled the pink barbapapa doll and this is what came next ↓This doll was a bit shorter so we gave her a pedestal to sit on. Some of the dolls were unravelled from the floor up, and some were unravelled from theirs heads down. This one was unravelled from the neck up and from the neck down simutaneously! Iwona took the low road and I took the high road if memory serves me.
At midnight we unravelled her and this is what came next ↓Isn’t she pretty? but not for long!at 1am we unravelled her. Underneath was this doll ↓ She was industriously knitting herself. When we unravelled her we started with the scarf.I love this picture ↓ with the flashbulb doing it’s work. You can see the shadows of the small Matroyskas that were also featured in this year’s display. Have no fear – these small gems lived through the night and are still here to tell the tale.I can not say the same for the Knitting Matroyska though. At 2am we unravelled her too. Look what we found↓A doll with two heads! Well – I never! and never will again. At 3am we deconstructed her too.
If you came by then, this is what you would have seen↑
The next morning looked like this ↓
What a pretty mess!
Thank you to all who helped create the beautiful dolls for the display. Thank you to all who came and cheered us on while we did our work unravelling our labors.
We couldn’t have hoped for a better White-Night!
ps. there is video of this event on the way, stay tuned.